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Topper

I’m standing on an old airstrip where my father learnt to fly
He earned his wings in Tiger Moth and a license to the sky
He fought up north in the Great Big War where so many of them died
But you knew that Topper made it home when he threw his washing down

From a silver shining bird
May your voice always be heard
When your mission was complete
Did the bells of Zeerust Ring?

There's a story that you’d always tell of how they shot you down
You landed in a mealie field like the ones you knew so well

From a silver shining bird
You graced the heavens and the earth
When your mission was complete
Did the bells of Zeerust Ring?

Out loud reaching the clouds
Where you sailed up above from the cares of the world
And singing the songs of your heart
On a beat up guitar you passed on

In the still of night I hear the sound of a plane circling round and round
In a distant dream Topper’s come back home to throw his washing down

From a silver shining bird
May your voice always be heard
When your mission was complete
Did the bells of Zeerust Ring?

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from Crossing Borders, Driving North (Deluxe 2CD Anthology), released June 10, 2013
Topper

Nibs – Guitar, Vocals, Harmonica
Gareth Gale – Drums
Kieran Smith – Bass
Previously released in 2010 on ‘a House across the river’ SSCD 525

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Nibs van der Spuy Durban, South Africa

South Africa guitarist, singer-songwriter Nibs has been touring the world for well over a decade. Journalists from all over the globe and predominantly Europe have cited Nibs as a fresh voice in the ‘Nu folk’ movement. With his virtuosic acoustic guitar style and mesmeric voice he has enchanted listeners from small intimate theatres to large festival stages. ... more

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